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An Introduction to Bioengineering and Biotechnology

Learn about the significance of the integration between biology, engineering and medicine in this free online course.

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In this free online course in Bioengineering, you will study the various ways in which engineers and clinicians can collaborate effectively to solve a range of societal problems. You will learn about the properties and functions of cells as well as their modes of interactions to perform bodily functions. You will also study the concepts of biotechnology and consider its various present and futuristic applications.
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This free online course in Bioengineering aims to bridge the gap between the science of engineering and medicine. You will consider the various global problems in which Bioengineering, utilizing the various technological advancement in the field, aims to solve. In the first section, you will be introduced to the significance of major life processes such as growth, reproduction, evolutionary adaptation and the properties of cells. You will also compare the distinguishing features of plant and animal cells.

Next, you will learn about the functions of Nucleic Acids which are the basic components of DNA and RNA. You will study the different features of DNA and RNA as well as their structures and bases. The basics of Gene Regulation will also be discussed and you will see the important milestones and discoveries related to Nucleic Acids and Central Dogma. Thereafter, you will learn about the properties of Plasmids and the fundamentals of Gene Cloning. The various steps involved in Gene Cloning, and their significance, will be explained.

Finally, you will examine the various tools and technologies associated with biological research such as Polymerase Chain Reaction and Agarose Gel Electrophoresis. You will see the applications of these tools particularly on how they can help with the duplication and the amplification of DNA. This course will be of interest to anyone in the field of bioengineering, genetic engineering, biotechnology, medicine and any other related discipline. Why wait, start this course today!

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify common problems faced by both biologists and engineers
  • Discuss the technological advancements made in the field of Bioengineering
  • Indicate the major components of cells and their properties
  • Distinguish the features of plant and animal cells
  • List the functions of Nucleic Acids in DNA
  • Explain the importance of the structure of DNA
  • State the functions of RNA in protein synthesis
  • Summarise the fundamentals of DNA Cloning
  • Outline the steps involved in Polymerase Chain Reaction


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